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English noun: emphasis

1. emphasis (state) special importance or significance


SamplesThe red light gave the central figure increased emphasis.
The room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents.


Synonymsaccent


Broader (hypernym)grandness, importance


Narrower (hyponym)focus, stress

2. emphasis (attribute) intensity or forcefulness of expression


SamplesThe vehemence of his denial.
His emphasis on civil rights.


Synonymsvehemence


Broader (hypernym)intensity, intensiveness


Narrower (hyponym)overemphasis

3. emphasis (communication) special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.


Broader (hypernym)rhetorical device


Narrower (hyponym)topicalization

4. emphasis (communication) the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)


SamplesHe put the stress on the wrong syllable.


Synonymsaccent, stress


Broader (hypernym)inflection, prosody


Narrower (hyponym)accentuation, pitch accent, sentence stress, tonic accent, word accent, word stress









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